The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Dublin in the All Ireland Football Final in Croke Park on Sunday at 3:30pm shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tyrone in the semi final. Fionn Fitzgerald and Aidan O’Mahony come into the full back line instead of Paul Murphy and Marc Ó Sé while Paul Geaney takes over from Kieran Donaghy in the full forward position.
The team, captained by David Moran is as follows:
Brendan Kealy, Kilcummin; Fionn Fitzgerald, Dr Crokes; Aidan O’Mahony, Rathmore; Shane Enright, Tarbert; Jonathan Lyne, Killarney Legion; Peter Crowley, Laune Rangers; Killian Young, Renard; Anthony Maher, Duagh; David Moran, (C) Kerins O’Rahillys; Stephen O’Brien, Kenmare; Johnny Buckley, Dr Crokes; Donnchadh Walsh, Cromane; Colm Cooper, Dr Crokes;
Paul Geaney, Dingle; James O’Donoghue, Killarney Legion. Fir Ionaid: Brian Kelly, Killarney Legion; Kieran Donaghy, Austin Stacks; Marc Ó Sé, An Ghaeltacht; Paul Murphy, Rathmore; Bryan Sheehan, St Marys; Barry John Keane, Kerins O’Rahillys; Darran O’Sullivan, Glenbeigh-Glencar; Paul Galvin, Finuge; Tommy Walsh, Kerins O’Rahillys; Pa Kilkenny, Glenbeigh/Glencar; Alan Fitzgerald, Castlegregory.
Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Finuge; Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy, Dingle; Mikey Sheehy; Austin Stacks; Cian O’Neill, Moorefield, Kildare.
On Field Medical Team for Sunday: Dr Linda O’Callaghan, Ed Harnett, Physio; Additional Information: Additional Squad Members: Mark Griffi, St Michaels-Foilmore; Jack Sherwood, Firies; Padraig O’Connor, Killarney Legion; Philip O’Connor, Cordal; Michael Geaney, Dingle – Injured; Kieran O’Leary, Dr Crokes – Injured.
Backroom Team: S & C Coach & Rehab – Padraig Corcoran; Nutritionist – Kevin Beasley; Physiotherapists: Eddie Harnett, Ger Keane and Brian O’Dwyer; Performance Analysts: Paudie McCarthy, Pat Duffy and Jason McGahan. Doctors: Dr Linda O’Callaghan and Dr John Rice. Logistics: Niall O’Callaghan, Vincent Linnane and Eddie Walsh.
Eleven of the starting 15 for Sunday started in the All Ireland defeat of Donegal in last year’s final and they are: Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Jonathan Lyne and Colm Cooper being the odd ones out.
Aidan O’Mahony made his Championship debut back in 2004 against Clare and has made 66 championship appearances for Kerry.
Paul Geaney made his Championship debut for Kerry in 2013 against Cavan having made his League debut two years earlier. He is Kerry’s leading scorer in this year’s Championship to date .
Colm Cooper played his 81st Championship game for Kerry in the Semi Final – he joins the 3 Ó Sé’s on 80 Championship appearances or over.
The Lynes of Cleeney, within earshot of the Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, are a very well known footballing family who played their Club Football with Killarney Legion. Denny, Jackie and Fr Mickey all won All Irelands with Kerry at senior level – and Denny captained Kerry in the Polo Grounds final in ’47, a game in which Jackie also played. Jackie went on to train Kerry to 2 All Ireland titles in ’69 and ’70. Their sister, Maura, married Tom Spillane and was of course mother of Pat, Mick and Tom of Kerry Golden Years fame – Sunday’s No. 5 Jonathan Lyne is a grandson of Denny Lyne. Jonathan, who made his Championship debut against Clare in 2012, made his full championship debut against Tipperary in this year’s semi final, and started in all of Kerry’s seven AFL games this season.
Marc Ó Sé, who played his 85th Championship game for Kerry in the Semi Final is now in second place on that honours list, 3 behind his other sibling, Tomás, who played 88 championship games for Kerry which is a record.
Kerry Scorers to Date in Championship
Paul Geaney 2-11; Colm Cooper 2-9; Bryan Sheehan 0-14; Barry John Keane 2-8; James O’Donoghue 1-10; Stephen O’Brien 1-7; Darran O’Sullivan 2-1;
Donnachadh Walsh 1-3; Kieran Donaghy 1-1; Johnny Buckley 0-4; Anthony Maher 0-3; Jonathan Lyne 0-1; Fionn Fitzgerald 0-1; Michael Geaney 0-1.
Kerry V Tipperary Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Final
The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Final in Croke Park on Sunday next shows two personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Derry in the Semi Final – Tom O’Sullivan and Captain, Mark O’Connor, come into the side at corner back and midfield respectively, Andrew Barry reverts to centre back with Mike Breen and Daniel O’Brien the players to lose out.
The team, captained by Dingle’s Conor Geaney, is as follows: Billy Courtney, Dr. Crokes; Darren Brosnan, Gneeveguilla; Jason Foley, Ballydonoghue; Tom O’Sullivan, Dingle; Jack Morgan, Austin Stacks; Andrew Barry, Na Gaeil; Gavin White, Dr. Crokes; Mark O’Connor, (C) Dingle; John Mark Foley, Kilgarvan; Brian Ó Seanacháin, Ballydonoghue; Sean O’Shea, Kenmare; Brandon Barrett, Ardfert; Michael Foley, Spa; Bryan Sweeney, Listowel Emmets; Conor Geaney, Dingle; Fir Ionaid: Eoghan O’Brien, Churchill; Mike Breen, Beaufort; Daniel O’Brien, Glenflesk; Stephen O’Sullivan, Templenoe; Dara O’Shea, Kenmare; James Duggan, John Mitchels; Graham O’Sullivan, Dromid Pearses; Ronan Buckley, Listry; Evan Cronin, Spa;
Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel: Jack Goulding, Ballyduff; David Shaw, Dr Crokes; Niall Collins, Listowel Emmets; David Roche, Milltown-Castlemaine; Michael Reidy, Ballymacelligott; Ferdia O’Brien, Austin Stacks. Injured Player: Cormac Linnane, Beale.
Bainistíocht: Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor, Dromid Pearses; Roghnoirí: Micheál O’Shea, Castlegregory; Eamon Whelan, St Senans. Treanalaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald. Captain: Mark O’Connor, Dingle; Kitman: Ger O’Mahony. Physio: Kieran O’Shea. Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen
The Kerry team contains just two of the side that defeated Donegal in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Andrew Barry and Mark O’Connor. Both Jason Foley and Jack Morgan, substitutes last year, are named in the full back line while Stephen O’Sullivan, who was introduced as a sub in all of Kerry’s games last year is listed among the substitutes.
When these two sides met in the Munster Final in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on July 5th, Kerry won by 2-14 to 1-11 having led by 2-8 to 0-6 at half time.
Mark O’Connor and Conor Geaney both have 2 Hogan Cup All Ireland Colleges Medals and 3 Corn Uí Mhuirí Munster Colleges medals won with Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne. Mark was Man of the Match in both Hogan Cup victories – against St Pats Maghera in 2014 and Roscommon CBS 2015. Tom O’Sullivan was also on the 2015 PSCD side.